Li Shang-yin (lēˈ shăngˌ-yĭnˈ) [key], 813?–858, Chinese poet. Of his 598 extant works, the best known are untitled love poems that describe in rich, sensuous detail scenes of beautiful courtesans languishing in ornate boudoirs. Li also wrote more conventional poems—verses to friends and family, political satires, depictions of particular objects—and parallel prose essays.
See study by J. J. Y. Liu (1969).
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